EdD Elementary Education Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 15 credit hours
Next Start Date
May 11, 2020
NCATE through CAEP

Create Effective Learning Environments with Our Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education Degree

Do you want to reach the pinnacle of achievement for advanced education studies? At Liberty University, our online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction — Elementary Education degree program will teach you the administration, research, curriculum development, and learning theory skills and knowledge you need to help you make a positive impact on the world of education. This program will help you become an expert in elementary education, classroom management, and content development so that you can create fun and effective learning environments for your students.

Why Choose Our Doctorate in Elementary Education?

Through our online doctorate in education program, you will engage with experienced professionals in the field of education who will mentor you as you develop into an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. Our Ed.D. degree will deepen your knowledge of education theory and teaching methods, providing a theoretical foundation that will allow you to evaluate and address teaching challenges in K-12 institutions and at the university level. We have created our Ed.D. degree to be 100% online with no set login times, so you have the flexibility you need to maximize your time.

What Are the Benefits of the Online Doctoral Degree in Education?

  • Completing an Ed.D. degree gives you a terminal educational credential that shows employers that you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.
  • The online Doctor of Education gives you the opportunity to include licensure-track requirements for initial licensure, advanced licensure, or add-on licensure to your current credentials.
  • Completing the Ed.D. online program’s capstone project will allow you to make an impact in educational research that can be the basis for publications, curriculum material products, and other publishing opportunities.
  • With the online Ed.D. degree’s optional on-campus intensives, you can be confident that your skills and knowledge have been tested in a hands-on environment that will set you apart from fully online graduates.
  • The School of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) as an Educator Preparation Provider (EPP).

Student Testimonial

When the superintendent of his local public school system retired, Liberty University Online graduate Dr. Richard J. Ney of New Jersey submitted his application for the position.

“After an intense round of interviews where I competed against a number of other qualified candidates, I was appointed superintendent and chief school administrator [in New Jersey]. I do not believe that I would have succeeded without having completed my doctoral studies at Liberty University.”

– Dr. Richard J. Ney, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

What Will You Learn in Our Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education Degree Program?

This online doctorate in education program provides specialized instruction and curriculum development training for the elementary level. In our online Ed.D. in elementary education degree, you will be equipped to create fun and effective exercises, teaching tools, and lesson plans for kindergarten through sixth grade. Our elementary education Ed.D. degree will ensure that you have all the tools needed to achieve teaching excellence through an emphasis on practical teaching skills, behavior management, and innovative technology practices. You will also study important aspects of curriculum theory and development so you are prepared to create, assess, and improve effective lesson plans.

Our online Ed.D. degree can be modified to fulfill initial teaching licensure requirements for elementary instruction. If you possess initial licensure, you may also include requirements for advanced and add-on licensures in your Ed.D. in elementary education degree program. Please speak with an admissions counselor for more information about adding licensure-track requirements to the online Ed.D. degree.

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Our Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction — Elementary Education Degree Program Highlights

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Niche.com. Earning your online Ed.D. in elementary education degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years – and counting.
  • Develop educational management skills in our Ed.D. in elementary curriculum and instruction degree program and foster leadership in both teachers and students.
  • Optional intensives give you the chance to meet your peers and professors in your online Ed.D. program while developing your writing and research for your final capstone project.

Our Online Elementary Education Doctoral Degree Information 

  • This Ed.D. degree program falls under the School of Education.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
  • View the Doctoral Advising Guide for more information about research, intensives, and the capstone project.
  • If seeking initial licensure, advanced licensure, or add-on licensure, an education background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 701.
  • Please note that some states may have additional steps and requirements for licensure.
  • View the online Graduate Education Course Guides (login required).

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Military Benefits

At Liberty University, we are dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, we are honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts — $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times

Potential Careers with an Ed.D. Degree in Elementary Education 

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Instructional supervisor
  • School administrator
  • Teacher
  • College administrator

As a terminal degree, Liberty’s online doctorate in education will provide many new opportunities to students currently holding licensure, seeking advanced or add-on licensure, or who are working in a field that does not require licensure. Students who become a Doctor in Education through Liberty’s online Ed.D. program will receive a degree accredited by NCATE through CAEP and will complete a doctoral capstone project that will demonstrate advanced, specialized research applied to education practice.

You will also gain hands-on experience through group work and research mentorship. This way, as a graduate of our Ed.D. degree you will be able to conduct additional research and content development in an academic setting or for third-party curriculum development companies, work in K-12 districts to develop more effective learning content, and teach at the college level.

Admission Requirements for Our Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education Degree Program

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.